FYI August 11, 2018


 
 

 
 
 
 

On This Day

 
 
3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Maya, begins.
The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is a non-repeating, vigesimal (base-20) and base-18 calendar used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya. For this reason, it is often known as the Maya (or Mayan) Long Count calendar. Using a modified vigesimal tally, the Long Count calendar identifies a day by counting the number of days passed since a mythical creation date that corresponds to August 11, 3114 BCE in the Proleptic Gregorian calendar.[n 1] The Long Count calendar was widely used on monuments.

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Born On This Day

 
 
1897 – Enid Blyton, English author, poet, and educator (d. 1968)
Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was an English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Blyton’s books are still enormously popular, and have been translated into 90 languages; her first book, Child Whispers, a 24-page collection of poems, was published in 1922. She wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery, and biblical narratives and is best remembered today for her Noddy, Famous Five, and Secret Seven series.

Following the commercial success of her early novels such as Adventures of the Wishing-Chair (1937) and The Enchanted Wood (1939), Blyton went on to build a literary empire, sometimes producing fifty books a year in addition to her prolific magazine and newspaper contributions. Her writing was unplanned and sprang largely from her unconscious mind; she typed her stories as events unfolded before her. The sheer volume of her work and the speed with which it was produced led to rumours that Blyton employed an army of ghost writers, a charge she vigorously denied.

Blyton’s work became increasingly controversial among literary critics, teachers and parents from the 1950s onwards, because of the alleged unchallenging nature of her writing and the themes of her books, particularly the Noddy series. Some libraries and schools banned her works, which the BBC had refused to broadcast from the 1930s until the 1950s because they were perceived to lack literary merit. Her books have been criticised as being elitist, sexist, racist, xenophobic and at odds with the more liberal environment emerging in post-war Britain, but they have continued to be best-sellers since her death in 1968.

Blyton felt she had a responsibility to provide her readers with a strong moral framework, so she encouraged them to support worthy causes. In particular, through the clubs she set up or supported, she encouraged and organised them to raise funds for animal and paediatric charities. The story of Blyton’s life was dramatised in a BBC film entitled Enid, featuring Helena Bonham Carter in the title role and first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Four in 2009. There have also been several adaptations of her books for stage, screen and television.


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FYI

 
 
By Whitney Kimball: Arvonne Fraser, Who Tirelessly Battled Sexism in Government, Has Died at 92
 
 
Arvonne Skelton Fraser (September 1, 1925 – August 7, 2018) was an American women’s rights advocate and political campaigner.[1][2] She held the position of Senior Fellow Emerita at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and from 1993–1994 was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.[1][2] She also managed the political campaigns of her husband Donald M. Fraser during his career, from 1954 to 1979.[1]

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Great comments!
By Elizabeth Werth: There’s a Model T Race With Pigs as Co-Drivers, Because of Course There Is
 
 
 
 
By Elizabeth Werth: Fighter Pilot, Racing Driver, Prisoner of War, Transgender Pioneer: The Incredible Story of Roberta Cowell
 
 
Roberta Elizabeth Marshall Cowell (8 April 1918[1] – 11 October 2011) was a racing driver and Second World War fighter pilot. She was the first known British trans woman to undergo sex reassignment surgery.[2]

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By Gary Price: Toronto Public Library Invites the City to Write its Story
 
 
 
 
By Timothy Inklebarger: A Patron Wants to Print a Gun: Now What? ALA provides resources for drafting policies on 3D printer use
 
 
 
 
By Gary Price: New Resource: Indiana University and Uffizi Gallery Unveil Website Featuring First Set Of 3D, Digitized Artifacts
 
 
 
 

By Emily Siner: What Vanderbilt Archivists Have Learned From 50 Years Of Watching The Evening News
 
 
 
 
I do believe some people should be given a second chance but one must take into account the severity of their “criminal” actions. Surprised Tyson Foods does not do background checks. Tyson Foods does not care about a person’s history with crime or mental concerns? What about the safety of their workers and families? Murderers, rapists, pedophiles, thieves, pyromaniacs, driving under the influence, addicts/bingers – Tyson welcomes all?
By Carly Stern: Why You Should Hire Someone Who Went to Prison
 
 
 
 
By Christina Grant – VIDEO: Behind the Bylines with Katie Berning – Steamboat Pilot and Today
 
 
 
 
By Paul Bradshaw: 7 ideas for things to do over the summer while preparing to start a journalism course
 
 
 
 
By Al Cross: Man who won Pulitzer with photo on his last day with Charlottesville paper says he thinks about it every day
 
 
 
 
By Harry McCracken: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 and the triumph of the phablet How a class of device that initially seemed silly–and had a silly name–came to own the smartphone market.
 
 
 
 
By Joe Berkowitz: No, troll, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does not owe you a debate
 
 
 
 
By Eillie Anzilotti: How the Weather Channel is documenting the damage of climate change A new series on The Weather Channel delves into the places around the world where droughts and floods are forcing people to uproot.
 
 
 
 
By Kat Boogard: 3 Better Ways to Say “It’s Actually Not My Fault”
 
 
 
 
By Ernie Smith: Pens for Pennies
How cheap ballpoint pens, which are easy to lose and easy to make, changed the world due to their sheer disposability. They’re really freaking cheap.
 
 
 
 
Once again – just ’cause I love the history and the dressing! Thechive: “If you’re wearing cowboy clothes, you’re ranch dressing.” (bawwwwah!)
By Ernie Smith: Let’s Get Sauced
Yes, this is an article about ranch dressing. And yes, ranch dressing was invented at Hidden Valley Ranch. Here’s some stuff you didn’t know about ranch.

It started in the Alaskan bush, where businessman Steve Henson—who played cook on top of his main gig as a plumber—came up with an idea to help calm down the workers annoyed that they had to eat salad.

“It’s tough to feed men up in those bush jobs,” the Nebraska native told Los Angeles Times food reporter Sergio Ortiz in 1999. “If they don’t like something, they’re as likely to throw it at the cook as they are to walk out cursing. I had to come up with something to keep them happy.”
 
 
 
 
The California Weather Blog: July 2018 warmest month in California history; unprecedented early-season wildfire activity continues
 
 
 
 
By Jill Griffin: The Value Of A Well-Written Thank-You Note
 
 
 
 
By Muna Danish: The California Report – PHOTOS: The ‘Top Dogs’ at the World Dog Surfing Championships
 
 
 
 

Ideas

 
 
By Hometalk Hits: 17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight Great activity after work or school
 
 
 
 
By Hometalk Hits: 30 Great Jar Ideas You Have To Try The ingenious mason jar projects you never even thought of!
 
 
 
 

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